Employers can voluntarily pay employees up to 3000 euros. This is provided for by the inflation compensation bonus. Until 31 December 2024, the bonus can be paid in addition to wages free of tax and social security contributions—also in partial amounts. The bonus will not be counted as income in the case of income-related social benefits (e.g. unemployment benefit II). This is stated by the federal government in a press release. The inflation compensation premium is part of the third federal relief package.
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